We naturally crave foods according to the season – comforting soups in the winter, sprouts and salads as
spring starts to bloom, and – who are we kidding – ice cream in the summer! Our bodies are always seeking
balance, so it makes sense that we’d crave foods to counteract the effect of the weather.
Ayurvedic practitioners, masters of seasonal eating, have these recommendations for eating cooling, summer
Favor foods that are cool and liquid. Minimize foods that are hot.
Favor foods that are sweet, bitter or astringent. Minimize foods that create heat (spicy, salty or sour).
Light proteins are best (quinoa, almonds, spinach, etc.)
Coriander, mint, cardamom, and fennel are nice summer spices.
Stick with unrefined sweeteners, but minimize honey and molasses.
Takeyah says; “we naturally crave more raw foods in the summer” and suggests trying “uber-cooling raw food
recipes” such as Takeyah’s Rawkin’ Kale Salad recipe below. Now Takeyah says when making her salad she
doesn’t measure out her ingredients so take some time to “play around with the recipe” until you get it to your
Elements: Buy (or Grow It)
Kale (bunch w/ spines removed and “shredded” by hand)
Olive oil (~2 tbsp)
Red pepper (diced)
Red onion (diced)
Garlic (2 cloves pressed or diced)
Lemon juice (half lemon squeezed)
Braggs Liquid Amino Acid (couple dashes)
Ground black pepper (2 – 3 dash)
Cayenne Pepper (dash)
Sesame seeds (1/2 handful) [optional]
Avocado (1/2, cut in cubes) [optional]
Hook It Up: Make It
Combine olive oil, lemon juice and black pepper in a bowl. Pour mixture over kale.
Massage the kale w/ the mixture so all pieces are covered (the kale will begin to wilt). You may need to play
around with the amount of lemon juice and oil.
Throw in the other ingredients and continue mixing (or massaging!)
Top w/ sesame seeds.
NOTE: If you are trying to watch your fat intake, be mindful of the amount of olive oil and avocado you use.
In other words, reduce it.
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